Don Bauder 4:37 p.m., Dec. 27
Point Loma High School film studio equips students for Hollywood careers
Of course it does. Why are you looking at me like that?
The sort of thing we can expect to see around Point Loma High School in the near future
"I was looking at the numbers from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival," explained Pippa Dreme, Vice-Principal for Believing in Yourself at Point Loma High School. "The numbers told the story. Some 4,042 features were submitted for exhibition. Of those, 117 were actually screened. And of those, 30 obtained distribution deals that meant they would get shown outside the festival. And that's not even counting the 64 short films chosen from among the 7,675 that were submitted. The message was clear: there just aren't enough people making movies these days. That's where we come in."
Dreme is referring to the $3.6 million dollar studio complex that the school has just opened on campus, right where the old student orchestra auditorium used to be. "Movies are the media of the future," said Dreme. "Everyone loves them, and everyone watches them. But too many movies are being made by old people, people who have had to work their way up through the ranks. We wanted to introduce the world to the fresh new voice of today's teenagers. They're just amazing kids, and they have something to say. So we're giving them that chance. Heads up, Hollywood!"
Point Loma High School's charter clearly states that "the purpose of education is to prepare students to be productive, upstanding, successful members of society." "Everyone knows that Hollywood people are among the finest exemplars of all those qualities," continued Dreme. "Look at successful director Tony Scott! Look at Brad Pitt's stable relationship! No, the one with Angelina, silly. Look at Tim Burton's continual pursuit of originality and quality! Yes indeed, if Hollywood is where our kids want to go, then we're going to help them get there."
"I like movies," said Junior and moviemaking hopeful Brad Bradley. "The Dark Knight trilogy was awesome. I bet Warner Brothers will let me make a Batman movie. I'll bring a fresh perspective. You know, because I'm the next generation. In my version, Batman is totally gay for Robin. The Batcave is, like, a metaphor - they can only get in through a closet in Wayne Manor. It's a whole new spin on things that will blow your mind."
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